What will it take to eradicate the cancer of ISIL?

The rubble of a revered Muslim shrine in Mosul, Iraq, destroyed by Islamic militants in June.
The rubble of a revered Muslim shrine in Mosul, Iraq, destroyed by Islamic militants in June. (AP Photo)

“Extremists are defeated only when responsible nations and their peoples unite to oppose them,” said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in a recent New York Times essay.  Secretary Kerry called on the world to engage in a struggle to end the “cancer” of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).  He stressed that ISIL’s beheadings, crucifixions, and other acts of evil pose a threat well beyond the region and require a “united response” led by the broadest possible coalition of nations.

“Extremists are defeated only when responsible nations and their peoples unite to oppose them.”

ISIL, a terrorist movement that grew out of al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), now controls vast areas across Iraq and Syria.  You can read more about the threat posed by ISIL at The Foreign Policy Initiative.